They say that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery. "They" obviously never spoke with Blair Witch Project co-creator Eduardo Sanchez.
The ultimate irony may be that the success of Paranormal Activity, which many are calling a direct descendent of the Blair Witch phenomenon, may actually get the original filmmakers behind the Blair Witch Project back on board for a new installment in the shaky cam, low-budget horror genre.
"I know how to make these films," Sanchez shared. "To me it's like, man, maybe I should go back and kind of milk this one more time."
The huge success of Paranormal Activity has renewed interest in a true Blair Witch sequel. Eduardo and co-creator Daniel Myrick weren't involved directly with the original sequel, Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows and have an idea for the third movie to pick up where the original one ended, pretending that the second movie never existed.
"We're at the step where we're about to pitch to Lionsgate, which owns the movie rights now. It's pretty much up to them. They can completely squash it or greenlight it."
What do you think about a new Blair Witch movie from the original filmmakers? You know how I feel about sequels and their inevitable diminishing returns, but I must say that I would be intrigued to see what Myrick and Sanchez have in mind for the next installment.
They have hinted that original cast members Heather Donahue, Michael Williams and Joshua Leonard would be involved, albeit on a smaller scale. It might just work. Is America ready for more shaky cam?